Many of you probably already know Show Season Rider, Audrey Hart. I mean… she has been apart of the Arabian horse community practically all of her life, competing at the Scottsdale Arabian Show when she was only two-years-old!
Continuing on since then she has continued to make quite the impact, having won many titles, including 2013 National Champion last year, in the Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR 18-35 with Vallejo Moonbeam.
As she revs up for National’s this month (!!!), lets all get to know a bit more about this fashionistas fab style in our Show Season exclusive –
Show Season: Describe your riding fashion style.
Audrey Hart: I believe in the big picture! When designing an outfit it is easy to get caught up in the small patterns and minuet details, and when you step back, it looks like mud. I like to pick a simple color scheme and make sure that from a distance, there is still a “WOW” factor!
SS: What is your favorite head-to-toe riding outfit?
AH: When I showed walk trot (1800 years ago) I had a forest green outfit. It was forest green crushed velvet with cream, red and green horsehair braided piping and silver conchos. I had the forest green chaps to match. When I look through old pictures, that is still my favorite outfit!
SS: Do you wear anything for good luck in the show ring?
AH: A brand new pair of socks. I buy a new package of socks before every show!
SS: What is one thing you never go in the ring without?
AH: Every time I am walking towards the gate to enter a class, my dad says, “Don’t beat yourself.” I play those words through my head 100 times each class and it keeps me from overacting or getting to extreme in my show ring tactics.
SS: How would you describe your non-horse show style?
AH: I like a clean, traditional style with modern accessories. Fun jewelry, shoes or a wild shirt paired with a nice pair of jeans is my staple.
SS: What has been your biggest accomplishment as a rider?
AH: Making the finals in the Arabian Junior Western Pleasure at US Nationals on Sunstormm is the highlight of my show career. I had always wanted to show in a class with my Dad at nationals!
SS: What are your riding goals for the future?
AH: I would like to keep improving in the reining pen. It is a new venture for me and it is so challenging!
SS: Who has been the most influential in your riding career?
AH: Naming one person is impossible! My parents, Bob and Kathie Hart, obviously deserve all the credit for all my success with Arabians. But Mary Trowbridge and Crystal McNutt have also help me immensely with my horsemanship and showmanship.